Win $300 in Gift Cards (Target, Amazon, Walmart) Ends 5/9

Date Wed, May 3 2017

Gift Card Giveaway

Welcome to the Dropprice Win $300 In Gift Cards!

Did you guys like the last giveaway that offered multiple chances to win gift cards from three different retailers? If so, you’re going to love this giveaway, which is the same concept! Compete to win gift cards from Target, Amazon and Walmart using Dropprice. What’s that? Glad you asked!

Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower moms to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and moms drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power moms have and how important it is to share with other moms.

In today’s promotion for the Chewable Necklace, it started out at $34.00 and for each mom that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each mom that participates.

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for moms to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $100 Amazon gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $100 Amazon Gift Card

All you have to do is help moms drop the price of the Necklace and you will be entered to win a $100 Amazon gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 5/9/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

Click here if you don’t see the entry form below.

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Target Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 5/9/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends


Giveaway: Win a $100 Walmart Gift Card

This giveaway ends on 5/9/2017; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends


What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions

Date Tue, May 2 2017

You’re probably familiar with XKCD, a surprisingly smart Webcomic that frequently touches on subjects such as science and math with humor. If you’re a fan of the comic, the subjects it touches on, the art style or perverting science in humorous ways, I’d like to introduce you to What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

This book is the work of XKCD creator Randall Munroe. What If? uses Munroe’s familiar art style, panels and all, the illustrate the scientific answers to absurd questions such as “What would happen if we inserted a funnel into Earth’s oceans and drained all the water to Mars?” or “Could you strap a bunch of guns aimed at the ground to your body to use as a rocket booster and achieve liftoff?”.

Now, I like science. But I’ve never been a huge fan of XKCD. I don’t know why. Perhaps I just prefer my science to come in the form of books or podcasts or TV series. It might be that the stick figure design doesn’t really do it for me. Or perhaps I just wasn’t exposed to the right XKCD panels to become a rabid fan like so many are. But that doesn’t matter. Because I love this book!

What If? gives Munroe the space to show his humor, not just in a few panels, but page after page. The text is broken up with comics to help illustrate, but it’s Munroe’s words that really pulled me in — and had me laughing out loud on a train full of people. Munroe also includes footnotes, typically hilarious and sometimes alarming, at the end of each answer section.

The following is a perfect example of how Munroe uses his humor, from the online home of What If?

Blue whales, which are even larger than humans,[citation needed] would presumably fare even worse.

You don’t need to be heavily invested in science to understand the answers in this book, either. What If? is a light read. I started it the night before leaving for a trip and completed it mostly on a train and airplane. Some of the questions are answered in just a few pages while others require a few more. This makes it the perfect book to read in waiting rooms and taxis in my opinion.

Munroe calls in experts to answer questions about space, radioactive materials, physics and more, so you trust the answers. But you can also tell when some of the answers might not be 100% accurate because we simply cannot replicate the experiment. Munroe will sometimes respond to the basic premise of a question, which doesn’t really work but expand on how it could work. This post is a great example of that. It’s a bit like Mythbusters, only entirely more ridiculous.

This is probably because all of the questions answered in What If? were submitted by Munroe’s readers. And he picked which to answer, publishing the name of the questioner and sometimes responding to them directly. Some of the questions made it into the book in mini sections that Munroe responded to with only comic panels — and sometimes single-word answers.

You can also read answers to more questions and see if you like Munroe’s style of answering them online. Check out What If? on the XKCD site. I’ll actually be going through the archives because I can’t get enough of this book.

If you’re already a fan, I recommend buying What If? directly (here’s the Amazon link), or seeing if your library has an e-book available, which is how I read What If?: Serious Scientific Answers to Absurd Hypothetical Questions.

Yes Please by Amy Poehler

Date Mon, May 1 2017

I’ve been watching Parks and Recreation for the second time (nearly finished, actually). I appreciate the show more now than I did my first run though, I think. Although, I did and still do see much of myself in the main character, Leslie Knope. Leslie is played by SNL veteran, feminist, and comedienne Amy Poehler, so I figured I’d give her memoir a go.

Yes Please is more of a conversation than a memoir. In it, Poehler tells us how she fell in love with comedy (in Chicago, NY and LA, respectively). She talks about her young life, life as a struggling artist and her more recent successes. Through it all, Amy seems real. In fact, after reading this book, I wouldn’t approach Amy on the streets because I know how odd celebrity is for her.

Amy’s just a person. Like so many of us, she’s experimented with drugs, went through awkward fashion phases, lived in crappy apartments, doubted herself and found comedy in all parts of life. In her book, Amy’s honest about her divorce from Will Arnett, but she never delves into the gory details. And perhaps that is where Yes Please fails as a book, even if Amy excels as an actress, writer, and comedienne.

There are few parts of Ms. Poehler’s life that are really exciting. Or perhaps she’s grounded enough that she makes her life seem mundane. The few areas where she could expand on the drama remain a blank space. I can respect that decision.

But the result is a bit bland. Sure, she’s funny and witty and relatable and honest, but Amy Poehler’s book is a little lackluster. It’s just too normal. Too ordinary.

It’s certainly not what I would expect from an extraordinary woman. Of course, some people choose to keep their private lives private and their demons tucked away where they can be managed out of the spotlight. Again, I get it. I’m just not sure why Poehler decided to write a memoir that doesn’t delve into juicy details despite that being part of the book’s description.

I enjoy what Poehler brings to the screen, both as actor and writer. I think I’d like having a coffee date with her. She seems like an enjoyable person. But Yes Please wasn’t something that I derived much enjoyment from due to its normalcy.

Although I don’t think this is a competition between Tina Fey’s Bossypants, I think Fey’s memoir was funnier and made more points, perhaps because Tina was a bit more raw than her peer was able to be in this book.

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The False Prince by Jennifer Nielson

Date Fri, April 28 2017

For years, my sister has been raving about the Ascendance Trilogy, a series of fantasy books for young adults. She first read them a few years ago (right around the time that the books came out), so I am definitely out of the ideal demographic as a nearly 31-year-old woman, but I wanted to read my sister’s favorite book to see what’s up.

The False Prince is the first in the trilogy, and it’s an easy ready that won’t take much time or effort.

We started with young Sage, a teenager who has been living in an orphanage for a few years. Sage’s life is turned upside down when a lower nobleman, Connor, shows up to collect Sage and bring him back to Connor’s estate for a secret plan.

As we read, we discover that the Connor’s plan is to plant one of the three orphans as the long-lost prince to take over control of the country after the royal’s family recent murder.

Connor is tight-lipped about who killed the monarchs, what happened to the real prince Jaron several years ago or even what will happen to the two orphan boys who Connor doesn’t choose to be the false prince.

Sage is quick to see through the nobleman’s lies and figure out his plan. Our main character also wastes no time when it comes sticking up for the less fortunate. And did I mention that Sage has a secret of his own — and it’s a whopper?

The False Prince might be a fun introduction to fantasy for the younger readers, and it certainly sets the up the rest of the series. Hopefully, we see more character development in this books. Sage is a character who is supposed to be interesting but isn’t necessarily likable, and we’re supposed to like him.

Jennifer Neilsen, the author, certainly isn’t the least talented writer whose words have graced the page. But I prefer high fantasy where more happens and, perhaps more importantly, stories that aren’t quite so cliched and twist that aren’t so easy to guess.

Most of this might just be that The False Prince isn’t intended for adults, and that’s fair. I still get to share knowledge of my sister’s favorite book and series, and that made it worth my time. If you’re encouraging a tween or teen reader to get into longer books, The False Prince might be right up their alley.


Become a Stella & Dot Stylist, Get $650 in Fashion Accessories

Date Wed, April 19 2017

Hey folks! If you’re into fashion, accessories, and jewelry and you’re looking for a way to discover new trends, perhaps introduce them to other people and make money from it all, this is the post for you!

This post is on behalf of Stella & Dot, a woman-friendly fashion accessory company that relies on fashionistas like you to act as stylists and introduce friends and family to products that the brand makes and sells. Take a look at their website, and you’ll see all the scarves, bags, jewelry and other accessories that your friends will be clamoring for. And you can get a leg up simply by becoming a stylist.

If this sounds up your alley, I’ve got great news! It’s never been a better time to sign up to become a Stella & Dot because you’ll get up to $650 in free accessories — nearly double the normal amount for new stylists!

All you need to do is sign up now and generate $1,000 worth of sales in the first 30 days to earn that $650 in product. What a great deal.

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Easter Beauty Deals

Date Tue, April 18 2017

Got a little time on your hands today between family activities? Why not save some money on these beauty deals!

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Get Fit and Outfitted

Date Mon, April 17 2017

I can’t help but notice that it’s marathon/5k/fundraiser time of the year. There are signs, commercials, and ads everywhere. My friends on Facebook are talking about the things they’re doing either for health or a good cause — or both. Good job, guys!

There are a number of ways to spread the word about causes, and I’ve named a few. I know some people are directly looking for donations, both in person and online. Others sell goodies, donating a portion of the proceeds. Some people just want to raise awareness, so they write blog posts, make signs and wear t-shirts.

And where do you get shirts? CustomInk is an affiliate I’ve worked with for some time. They allow you to create custom shirts like those you might wear with your buddies during a 5k. Or make a gift. Or dress up your softball team. It’s all up to you, really.

And I’ve taken a look at CustomInk’s setup. I’m not sure that it could be any easier to use. Check out my guide to using CustomInk to learn more.

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